Hall of Fame

2020 Recipients

Kay Kaufman Shelemay (BM ‘70 voice, MM ‘72 PhD ‘77, musicology)

SMTD alumna Kay Kaurman Shelemay smiling in front of window.

Kay Kaufman Shelemay is the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Professor of African and African American Studies, and faculty in American Studies at Harvard University. Shelemay has published numerous books, editions, and articles. Among her books are Music, Ritual, and Falasha History (1986, 1989); A Song of Longing. An Ethiopian Journey (1991); Let Jasmine Rain Down. Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews (1998) and the textbook Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World (3rd ed., 2015). Shelemay has recently completed a study of the lives and experiences of musicians forced to migrate abroad by the 1974 Ethiopian revolution and who have founded diaspora communities across North America.

A national Phi Beta Kappa/Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar for 2010-2011, Shelemay is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. A past-president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, she has been awarded many fellowships and prizes and held the Chair of Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center of the U.S. Library of Congress during 2007-2008. At Harvard University, Shelemay has been awarded the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, and the Everett Mendelsohn Graduate Mentoring Prize.

George Balch Wilson (BM ‘51 music literature, MM ‘53 DMA ‘63, composition

George Balch Wilson headshot in black and white.George Balch Wilson earned three degrees from the University of Michigan (BM ‘51 music literature, MM ‘53 DMA ‘63, composition). He undertook additional studies at the Conservatoire Royale de Musique, Bruxelles (1953-54); the Ecole d’Artes Americaines, Fountainebleau (1954); and the Tanglewood Music Center (1955). He joined the University of Michigan faculty as a lecturer in 1961 and was promoted to instructor in 1963, assistant professor in 1964, associate professor in 1966, and professor in 1971.

Professor Wilson served as director of the Electronic Music Studios from 1964 until his retirement, taking principal responsibility for the construction and on-going development of that facility, aided by four successive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in the early 1980s. He was a founding member of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, which honored him upon his retirement. In 1967, Professor Wilson helped to found the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, which is dedicated to the performance of new music-primarily that of students-and has continuing importance to date.

Throughout his teaching career, Professor Wilson was a powerful advocate for students, utterly devoted to their wellbeing and to the development of their talents. Professor Wilson’s own compositions have been performed by such noteworthy performers as Pierre Boulez and Gunther Schuller. The quality of his compositions has been recognized by his having received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the Walter Hinrichsen Award for Composers; an award and citation from the National Institute of Arts and Letters; a Society for the Publication of American Music Award; and the Rome Prize.


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Marvelene Moore
Jack O’Brien


Harriet Berg
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Sharon Jensen
Robert Phillips


Wayne S. Brown
Robert Cogan
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William Anderson
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Nancy Ambrose King
Larry Rachleff


Bruce Galbraith
Carolee Stewart


Jerry Bilik
Cynthia Phelps


David Eisler
Francis Bundra


James Forger
Carl St. Clair


Harry Begian
George Shirley


Rosalie Edwards
Robert Spring


Judith Becker
Emil Raab


Emerson Head
Fred Ormand


Christine Dakin
H. Robert Reynolds


Edward J. Downing
Elizabeth Weil Bergmann

Earlier Winners (1977-1999)

Roberta Alexander
Mildred Andrews
Leslie R. Bassett
Josef Blatt
William Bolcom
Eugene Bossart
Allen P. Britton
George R. Cavender
Russell Lewis Christopher
Hugh Cooper
Robert J. Courte
David Crawford
Richard Crawford
George Crumb
Louise E. Cuyler
Orien Dalley
Hans Theodore David
Chip Davis
William Doppmann
Nicholas D. Falcone
Ross Lee Finney
Armando Ghitalla
Elizabeth Green
Nelson Hauenstein
Harold Haugh
Ralph Herbert
Thomas Hilbish
G. Maurice Hinson
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Marguerite V. Hood
Howard T. Howard
Marian Owen Hunt
Lawrence Hurst
Roger E. Jacobi
Kenneth Jewell
Ernest Jones
Edith Staebler Kempf
Maynard J. Klein
John Krell
Paul R. Lehman
Eva Likova
Clifford P. Lillya
Larry Livingston
Albert Luconi
William R. Malm
Marilyn Mason
John McCollum
Charlotte Whitman McGeoch
Glenn D. McGeoch
Robert Emmett McGrath
John D. Mohler
Earl V. Moore
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Ashley Putnam
Gail W. Rector
Willliam D. Revelli
Mary Romig-deYoung
Gilbert Ross
Gustave Rosseels
Judith Dow Rumelhart
James D. Salmon
Donald Sinta
Glenn P. Smith
Clarence E. Stephenson
Louis Stout
William H. Stubbins
Laurence L. Teal
Mary Teal
Nelita True
Glenn E. Watkins
Floyd E. Werle